I updated this recipe for Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula so now you can make it with Palmini Low-Carb Pasta or whole wheat spaghetti. And whichever you prefer, this is a quick and amazing dinner with some of my favorite ingredients and fantastic flavors. 

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Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula in large serving bowl with parmesan

There’s nothing I like much more than Italian Sausage, unless it’s arugula, so it’s easy to see why this recipe for Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula is one of my personal favorites to make for a quick dinner. And did I mention there’s garlic, a touch of lemon, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese? I love this combination of flavors.

For years I made this favorite dinner with a moderate amount of whole wheat spaghetti, lots of sausage, and plenty of arugula, and I loved it for a dinner that was something I’d splurge on occasionally. But now I am quite pleased with the pasta dishes I make with Palmini Pasta (affiliate link) that’s made with hearts of palm, so I thought it would be fun to experiment with that for this recipe. And it was a huge success!

For the version with Palmini Pasta we increased the recipe to four servings, using one can of Palmini Low-Carb Linguini (affiliate link). That makes the Palmini Pasta a bit more budget-friendly, since I know it can be somewhat of a pricey ingredients. (I’ve heard that other brands of hearts of palm pasta are cheaper, but I haven’t tried any others. Here’s the original recipe with spaghetti that made two servings if anyone is still wanting that.

What ingredients do you need?

  • hot turkey or pork Italian Sausage
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • Palmini Low-Carb Linguini (affiliate link) or whole wheat spaghetti
  • salt, for pasta cooking water (at least 1 tsp.)
  • baby arugula
  • Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
  • chicken broth (or pasta cooking water will work if you use whole wheat spaghetti)
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice  (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
  • Parmesan cheese for serving, preferably freshly grated or shaved Parmesan

What Italian Sausage can you use?

For years I made this recipe with the hot variety of Jenni-O turkey Italian sausage, but now I can’t find that at any of the stores in my area (SOB!) But the version you see in these photos turned out beautifully with Kroger Hot Pork Italian Sausage. You can either or hot or mild (sweet) Italian sausage, and use turkey or pork sausage, whichever you prefer or can find in your store.

What if you don’t like arugula?

The peppery flavor of arugula with the spicy Italian sausage is one reason I like this dish so much. but I know some people don’t enjoy arugula and I think this would be tasty made with baby spinach for a milder version.

How Can You Make the whole wheat version Lower in Carbs?

We did love the recipe made with Palmini Low-Carb Linguini (affiliate link). But if you want to use regular spaghetti and make a lower-carb version, just double the amount of sausage and arugula and use less pasta.

Want more recipes with Palmini Pasta?

If you’re also a fan of Palmini Low-Carb Pasta, check out Spaghetti Casserole, Pasta with Sausage and Mushrooms, Low-Carb Italian Pasta Salad, or Pasta with Sausage and Kale.

Want more recipes using Italian Sausage?

Check out my collection of Low-Carb and Keto Italian Sausage Recipes for lots more ideas using my favorite sausage!

Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula with Palmini Pasta, process shots collage

How to make Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula with Palmini Linguini:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information for both versions.)

  1. Drain the Palmini Low-Carb Linguini (affiliate link) into a colander and rinse well. 
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then squeeze sausage out of the casing and cook until it’s well-browned, breaking apart as it cooks. 
  3. While the sausage is browning, bring a pot of water to a boil, and salt the water generously. 
  4. Put the arugula into a large bowl that’s metal, glass, or crockery (not plastic). 
  5. When the water starts to boil, add the Palmini Pasta and cook 3-4 minutes.
  6. When the sausage is nicely browned, put it on top of the arugula in the bowl.
  7. Add the garlic to the pan where you cooked the sausage and cook about 30 seconds; then add 3/4 cup of chicken broth and lemon juice and cook about 2 minutes.
  8. When the Palmini Pasta has cooked 3-4 minutes, drain well and put it over the sausage in the bowl.
  9. Let it sit for 2 minutes to wilt the arugula.
  10. Add the broth-lemon-garlic mixture from the pan to the bowl.
  11. Toss the mixture together, until the arugula is partly wilted and all ingredients are well-combined.)
  12. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Arugula found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to make Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula with whole wheat spaghetti:

  1. I used to make this with my favorite turkey Hot Italian sausage but now I can’t find it (sob!) Use any Italian Sausage you like.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then squeeze the sausage out of the casing and cook until it’s well-browned, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks. 
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water generously, and add the spaghetti.
  4. Cook the spaghetti at a low boil just until it’s barely al-dente.
  5. While the spaghetti and the sausage are cooking, put the arugula into a metal, glass, or crockery bowl (not plastic). 
  6. When the sausage is nicely browned, put it on top of the arugula in the bowl.
  7. Add the garlic to the pan and saute about 30 seconds; then add 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water (or chicken broth) and lemon juice and cook about 2 minutes.
  8. As soon as it’s barely al-dente, drain the pasta well, reserving another 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  9. Then put the hot pasta over the arugula and sausage in the bowl and let it sit for 2 minutes to wilt the arugula.
  10. Add the water-lemon-garlic mixture from the pan. Toss the mixture together (with the extra pasta cooking water if you need it.)
  11. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula close-up of bowl with pasta, sarugula, and sausage

More Tasty Ways to Use Arugula:

Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad

Tomato, Arugula, Olive and Caper No-Cook Pasta Sauce

Kale and Arugula Salad

Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula in large serving bowl with parmesan
Yield: 4 servings

Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula is a quick and amazing dinner. We made with with Palmini Low-Carb Linguini and also with whole wheat spaghetti and both are delicious!

Ingredients

  • 5 links hot turkey or pork Italian Sausage
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. can Palmini Hearts of Palm Linguini (or 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti)
  • salt, for pasta cooking water (at least 1 tsp.)
  • 5 oz. baby arugula, preferably organic
  • 1 T finely minced garlic (more or less, to taste)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • Parmesan cheese for serving, preferably freshly grated

Instructions

For Palmini Low-Carb Pasta:

  1. Drain the Palmini Low-Carb Linguini (affiliate link) into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well. 
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then squeeze the sausage out of the casing and cook until it's well-browned, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks.  (Don't rush this step.)
  3. While the sausage is browning, bring a pot of water to a boil, and salt the water generously. 
  4. Put the arugula into a large bowl that's metal, glass, or crockery (not plastic). 
  5. When the water starts to boil, add the Palmini Pasta and cook 3-4 minutes.
  6. When the sausage is nicely browned, put it on top of the arugula in the bowl.
  7. Add the garlic to the pan where you cooked the sausage and saute about 30 seconds; then add 3/4 cup of chicken broth and lemon juice and cook about 2 minutes.
  8. When the Palmini Pasta has cooked 3-4 minutes, drain the pasta well and put it over the sausage in the bowl.
  9. Then let it sit for 2 minutes to wilt the arugula.
  10. Add the broth-lemon-garlic mixture from the pan to the bowl.
  11. Toss the mixture together, until the arugula is partly wilted and all ingredients are well-combined.)
  12. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


For Whole Wheat Spaghetti:

  1. In nonstick frying pan, heat olive oil, then squeeze sausage out of casing into pan and brown well, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.
  2. While sausage is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. Add spaghetti and cook 8-9 minutes, or until barely done and still *al dente* (with a little bite to it.)
  4. Put arugula into large metal, glass or crockery bowl.
  5. When sausage is well browned, drain if there is very much fat, then pour sausage over arugula.
  6. Put frying pan back on stove, turn heat to very low, add garlic and saute about 30 seconds.
  7. Add 1/2 cup pasta cooking water (or chicken broth) and lemon juice and heat 2 minutes.
  8. When spaghetti seems done, scoop out another 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water in case you need it, then drain pasta well and put in the bowl with arugula and sausage.
  9. Let sit 2 minutes to wilt arugula.
  10. Then add water/lemon juice/pasta water mixture from frying pan and toss all ingredients together.
  11. If it seems dry, add a bit more of the reserved pasta cooking water.
  12. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese over top.

Notes

I used to use my favorite turkey Hot Italian sausage but lately I haven't been able to find it. I made the version in these photos with Kroger brand pork Italian Sausage. Use any sausage you prefer.

Nutritional information above is for the version with Palmini Low-Carb Pasta and doesn't include Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information for Version with Whole Wheat Spaghetti:

Calories 451, Total Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 10g, Unsaturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 779mg, Total Carbohydrates 24g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 3.2g, Protein 22g

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: .7gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
When it’s made with Palmini low-carb pasta, this Spaghetti with Sausage and Arugula is great for a low-carb meal. You could make this lower in carbs by using less pasta and more sausage and greens. If you can find turkey Italian Sausage and use whole wheat spaghetti, this  would make a great Phase 2 dinner for the original South Beach Diet.

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